Application 1707256

Notice of Application
Application No. 1707256
Laricina Energy Limited
Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) Application No. 1707256 from Laricina Energy Limited (LEL) for approval of its Germain project expansion (project). The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 003-242701, Water Act File No. 00243581, and the associated environmental impact assessment (EIA) report.

A combined notice of application was issued on March 9, 2012, setting a deadline of May 22, 2012, to file statements of concerns with respect to the EPEA application and Water Act file. This notice sets the deadline for filing statements of concern with respect to the OSCA application.

Description of the Project

The multiphase project would increase the bitumen production capacity of LEL’s existing commercial in situ oil sands scheme from 795 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (5000 barrels per day [bbl/d]) to 24 643 m3/d (155 000 bbl/d) at peak production using the steam-assisted gravity drainage recovery process and/or solvent cyclic steam-assisted gravity drainage process. The project would include the construction of associated facilities, thermal injection wells, production wells, utilities, and infrastructure. About 20 well pads and three central processing facilities would be required in the initial development of phases 2, 3, and 4. Additional well pads would be required to maintain bitumen production for the project’s expected 30-year operation. Construction was proposed to begin in late 2013, with first production by late 2014. The project would be located about 50 kilometres northeast of Wabiskaw-Desmarais, Alberta, in Townships 84 and 85, Ranges 22 and 23, West of the 4th Meridian.

LEL has prepared and submitted the following documents:
  • Application No. 1707256, under section 13 of the OSCA, to amend Approval No. 11509 to construct and operate the project.
  • Application No. 003-242701, under Part 2, Division 2 of EPEA, to construct, operate, and reclaim the proposed addition to the Germain heavy oil processing plant.
  • File No. 00243581, under section 50(1) of the Water Act,
    • to divert and use groundwater (up to 370 000 cubic metres per year [m3/y] during phase 2 and up to 413 000 m3/y during phases 3 and 4) from the Grand Rapids aquifer for industrial (injection and utility) purposes; and
    • to use 7000 m3/y of surface water runoff from the plant site for industrial (dust control) purposes for the project.
  • LEL previously filed an application, pursuant to section 50(1) of the Water Act, to divert and use groundwater (300 000 m3/y) from the Grand Rapids aquifer for industrial (injection and utility) purposes for phase 1.
  • LEL has been granted a Water Act licence to divert 78 840 m3/y for camp/office purposes.
  • An EIA report associated with the above applications.

For a copy of the OSCA application, contact
Laricina Energy Limited
800 East Tower, 5 Avenue Place
425 – 1 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3L8
Attention: Pat Harrison
Telephone: 403-718-9374
Fax: 403-263-0767

To view the application, EIA report, and supporting documents, contact

AER Information Management Branch
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311
(toll free; option 2)
Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Alberta Government Library
44 Capital Boulevard
11th Floor, 10044 –108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6
Telephone: 780-427-2985
(toll free: 780-310-0000)

AER Fort McMurray Regional Office
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
Box 15, 9915 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta  T9H 2K4
Telephone: 780-743-7214


Requirement to File a Statement of Concern

If you have concerns with the OSCA application and have not filed a statement of concern with the AER, you must file a statement of concern as described below under How to File a Statement of Concern. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER will continue to process the application and may approve it without further notifying you.

How to File a Statement of Concern

For your statement of concern to be considered, it must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on August 23, 2014.

Send one copy of your statement of concern to LEL at the name and address above and one copy to
Authorizations Review and Coordination Team
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4

The deadline for filing statements of concern with respect to the EPEA application and Water Act file has already passed.

Contents of a Statement of Concern

For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include

  1. why you believe you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision on the application;
  2. the nature of your objection to the application;
  3. the outcome of the application you advocate;
  4. the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource that is the subject of the proposed application; and
  5. your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and
    e-mail address or, if you do not have an e-mail address, your fax number.

Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) requires that all documents and information filed in a proceeding be placed on the public record. If you file a submission, you must not include any personal information that you do not want to appear on or are not authorized to put on the public record. Section 49(2) of the Rules of Practice states how to apply to the AER for an order to keep information confidential. Any request made under section 49 must be copied to the other parties to the proceeding. Section 49 of the Rules of Practice is available on the AER website at

Questions of Constitutional Law

In addition to giving notice according to section 12 of the Administrative Procedures and Jurisdiction Act and schedule 2 of the Designation of Constitutional Decision Makers Regulation, you must include the following information in your submission if you intend to raise a question of constitutional law:

  1. the constitutional question you intend to raise,
  2. the legal argument you intend to make, and
  3. the evidence you intend to rely on in support of your legal argument.

Under section 21 of the Responsible Energy Development Act, the AER does not have jurisdiction to assess the adequacy of Crown consultation associated with the rights of aboriginal peoples as recognized and affirmed under the Constitution Act, 1982.

For information on AER procedures, contact
In Situ Authorizations
Attention: Helen Huang
Telephone: 403-297-5934
Fax: 403-297-3187

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on July 24, 2014.
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel